The 2016 Kia K5 (Kia Optima) Hybrid has been officially revealed in South Korea as the conventional petrol-electric hybrid variant of the fourth generation 2016 Kia K5 (2016 Kia Optima). The 2016 model is the mid-size hybrid sedan’s second innings following its introduction at the 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show.
The North American-spec 2016 Kia Optima Hybrid may debut at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show to be held this month. The fourth generation K5/Optima will also receive a plug-in hybrid variant at a later stage, but that is a story for another time.
Back to the 2016 Kia K5 Hybrid, the conventional hybrid variant gets a distinctive front fascia with unique upper and lower grilles and mildly tweaked bumper and air inlets. The hybrid variant gets an Active Air Flap mounted on the radiator grille that automatically closes the grille at high speeds to minimise air resistance.
On the sides, the chrome fender grille has been replaced by an “ECO hybrid” badge which is accentuated with a blue surrounding. Two aerodynamic wheel designs are available, one in 16-inch size and one in 17-inch size.
At the rear, the bumper has been reworked and given vertical reflectors, while the tailpipe seems to have been tucked behind. An “ECO hybrid” badge has been emblazoned on tailgate as well.
The hybrid system of the 2016 Kia K5 (2016 Kia Optima) features a 2.0-litre GDI naturally aspirated four-cylinder petrol engine that produces 156 PS (154 hp) and 19.3 kg.m (189 Nm) of torque, and is assisted by a 38 kW (51 hp) electric motor. This is the same hybrid system offered in the 2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid. The hybrid system is linked exclusively to a 6-speed automatic transmission. CO2 emissions figure can be as low as 91 g/km and the combined fuel economy figure can be achieved 17.5 km/l. The hybrid car weighs 1,580 kg (1,600 kg with 17-inch wheels).
The 2016 Kia K5 Hybrid has been priced from ₩29,530,000 in South Korea.